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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 18, 2007 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Ram Rod's Auction

This was in a Dark Star Orchestra email I got. Check out Jerry's guitars at auction, part of Ram Rod's personal collection. Here is the auction site:
http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=Catalogue&iSaleNo=15537

"Buy Jerry Garcia's Guitar at
Auction of Ram Rod's GD Stuff

For fans of the Grateful Dead, there might be nothing more cool than playing Jerry Garcia's guitar.

The family of former GD crew chief, Ram Rod Shurtliff, is auctioning off many amazing Grateful Dead related items at the May 8 auction.

Sign up to bid online for items including Garcia's 1st Doug Irwin guitar, numerous rare photos and posters, along with scores of Grateful Dead equipment from each of the decades."

This post was modified by wineland on 2007-04-18 19:26:16

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Apr 18, 2007 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Put your trust in the hands of Rod.

I had the very dubious distinction of being lifted up and moved out of the way of the crew one very acid laced evening in New York. It was, of course, the leathered hands of Ramrod who moved me as if I were an errant guitar case that was getting under his feet. There was no malice, no indignity, no threat, no meanness. There was just Ramrod. And those hands.

He really was as much a part of the GD as anyone else.

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 18, 2007 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Put your trust in the hands of Rod.

Cool story. Seems to have left quite an impression on your mind.

I like this piture of Phil. Wish I had some extra dough laying around.

Attachment: phil lights.bmp

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Poster: rastamon Date: Apr 19, 2007 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Put your trust in the hands of Rod.

thats not my rod, just a bananna

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Poster: cush11 Date: Apr 18, 2007 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Put your trust in the hands of Rod.

Amen Brother...

It's hard to believe it's been almost a year...

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Poster: kschneid Date: Apr 18, 2007 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Link seems to be scrogged. Was this it?

Edit: P.S. Thanks for the pointer - lots of interesting stuff. The Travis Bean (lot 19)is expected to fetch $250,000 - 300,000...

This post was modified by kschneid on 2007-04-18 17:03:28

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 18, 2007 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Yeah, that's the link. If I was flush with money this seems to be a pretty good deal:

A Jerry Garcia electric guitar by Gibson, (L-5 S), circa 1974
Estimate: $20,000 - 25,000

Is Ram Rod still alive or is his estate being sold off?

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

There is a wealth of information about the auction on the Bonhams & Butterfields website. Here is the address (sorry if this is duplicative):

http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=USA&screen=Catalogue&iSaleNo=15537.

Note that the printed catalogue can be ordered by telephone for $40.00, which includes shipping by Priority Mail. I've got one, and though it's filled with misspellings, it's well worth the money. Note also that some of the online descriptions of the lots up for auction are more colorful than are the corresponding descriptions in the printed catalogue. Specifically, the description of Ram Rod's Halliburton road case is more explicit in its online version than it is in the printed catalogue.

Best to all,
deadhead66

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

oh shit, my bad.. i forgot ramrod passed.. wasn't it super recently? like in the last year?

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Apr 18, 2007 12:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Ram Rod passed away on May 17, 2006. Here's a link to Joel Selvin's obituary:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/18/MNGGDITL9I1.DTL

Here's a link to a great photograph of Jerry and Ram Rod and Hunter's Elegy for Ramrod:

http://www.gdtstoo.com/GDTSTOORamrod.html

Sincerely,
deadhead66

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Apr 18, 2007 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

It's not like many people would go though.. because in my world no one knows about the dead =/

ha.. man i need to move to boulder colorado, or one of those hippie havens you guys were talking about

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Apr 18, 2007 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

that's a great picture =)

I wish I had the money to buy all of those precious memories, and open up a free museum where there'd be dead playing 24/7 and people could learn about the history of the dead!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Apr 18, 2007 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Left my bids already.....wish I has some extra cash to throw around for the Travis Bean.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Ha.. I have mixed feelings about ramrod selling all of this.. he's selling a "ramrod custom made jacket", a "celtics jacket signed and given to ramrod by bill walton"... all of garcia's painting and what not..

I wonder if he is keeping -anything-???



Anyways, I'd buy that Garcia guitar case... ahhh *mouth watering*... more over one of those guitars, but the case is more afforable. Now that I think about this more though, if I bought anything, I'd probably encase it in my house for people to see, so i could try to share it with others, especially rather than PLAY on his guitars :O!! Seems kinda disrespectful or something

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Max: unfortunately this is Ramrod's estate....and at least his toilet seat hasn't shown up yet. I'm sure his family doesn't hold the same kind of memories that he would have had for most of the stuff.

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Poster: kschneid Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

disrespectful? Maybe if you played Samba In The Rain on it, but otherwise, come on! How could you resist? ;-) I agree it's probably (my) precious enough that you wouldn't make a habit of it though...

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Poster: eyeballjackson Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Didn't Ram Rod pass away within the last year or two? And get laid off by GDP shortly before that?

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Poster: eyeballjackson Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Beaten by a minute and a half, and sadly enough, confirmed :(

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Poster: eyeballjackson Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Beaten by a minute and a half. And sadly, confirmed :(

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 18, 2007 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ram Rod's Auction

Ram Rod is NOT selling or doing anything as he recently died. It's his estate/heirs that are doing the selling.